Saturday, June 5, 2010

ABP [Always Be Planting!]

I tend to like most folks but I draw the line at people who don't have the ability to recognize the value of trees and understand what they mean to the place you live.

I realize trees may have to come down for buildings or roads but it you aren't replacing lost trees with (many) new ones, well, my respect for you, both personally and professionally, will quickly fade.

Trees are the cheapest, easiest thing to do to improve your yard, your neighborhood, your whole community. You want to know if a City is blessed with strong leadership? Learn about how seriously they take their trees and you'll have your answer.

Proud Spetrino boys with Wilmington Tree Award, plaque & sign
City Council presentation for local tree award winners.

When you are walking down the street isn't it easy to enjoy the stroll when your are walking under a canopy of trees? Trees make a neighborhood street more interesting, they also make the street safer, people drive slower when they are cruising along a tree-lined street. Hot out? Stand under a tree.

Ever been to Lumina Station? Forest Hills? Aren't they great spaces? I don't believe it's a coincidence that the most valuable, most desirable homes and businesses are also located in areas with the most plentiful trees.

Every place you like being has trees (and the beach doesn't count.)

It's always great to be acknowledged for your hard work but I can't put into words my appreciation for the RiverFront Project being recognized for its street trees. It's an accomplishment that makes me very proud.

I think this proverb sums up my perspective as to the importance of trees and the long-lasting effect they will have on the success of a community:

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in."

If you truly want to make a difference in your community start with some "low hanging fruit" by learning more at the National Arbor Day Foundation. (You get 10 trees free just for joining!)

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